Unsitely: Submit Case Studies for Improving Construction Site Aesthetics

Urbanism
Thursday, December 12, 2013
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Architects are probably the only people who like to see a construction site. We love to see building cranes, steel workers, and scaffolding—if only because it means architects are working and paying the rent. But for most urban dwellers these work places are “unsitely” disruptions to daily life and noisy irritations.

Now Montreal’s Design Bureau, in collaboration with the city’s downtown Ville-Marie borough and the Saint-Étienne Cité du Design (France), are launching an effort to correct this situation and asking architects for help. They will host a colloquium called “Unsitely! Leveraging Design to Improve Urban Construction Sites” on October 8-9, 2014. They are asking architects to submit proposals on how design can improve individual and collective experience, and the overall communication strategy of major worksites, or at least to contribute to reducing their negative impact on daily life.

Architects (and others) should submit cases studies that address these issues by Tuesday, December 17, 2013. For additional information, contact colloquium executive producer, Laetitia Wolff.

3 Responses to “Unsitely: Submit Case Studies for Improving Construction Site Aesthetics”

  1. Howard Chambers says:

    This is such an important topic, and the fact that we are so entrenched with new construction all around us, I am amazed that innovation is so far behind. With just a little thought and imagination, construction sites have the potential to reduce harmful effects, such as noise pollution, forcing pedestrians into streets, long tedious walkways built with vertical boards, the list goes on.

    Why can’t we integrate simple design tweaks and modular amenities that borrow from the street experiences we all love? —trees, foliage, windows, chairs, better light, protection from traffic and construction equipment, and places to interact with the other people of the city. With the right design thinking, we can activate the extraordinary number of construction sites for present use today, rather than passively waiting for the building to be complete.

  2. william menking says:

    These are all good ideas. You should enter!

  3. Sylvie Champeau says:

    Deadline to submit real case studies is tomorrow. Let’s hope there are good examples we can learn from all around the globe.

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